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NATA Releases Study On Football Overuse Injuries
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association released a new study, "The Epidemiology of Overuse Conditions in Youth Football and High School Football Players," in the Journal of Athletic Training, the NATA’s scientific publication. According to the authors, this study is the first to ... Read more
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Risk Minimization Key in NFHS Boys Lax Rule Changes
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 23, 2017) — The 2018 high school boys lacrosse rules changes include clarifications to stick alignment and the use of visibly contrasting gloves and shafts, which are expected to ease the game’s officiating. Overall, the National Federation of State High Scho... Read more
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APEDS, Mental Training Now Available In NFHS Learning Center
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 15, 2017) — New online education courses on “Mental Training for Performance” and “Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs and Substances” are now available through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.  The “Mental Trai... Read more
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Welcome to the 2017-18 IHSA School Year!
Today (August 7, 2017) marks the start of the 2017-18 season for football and golf at IHSA member schools. Later this week, other fall sports will begin their seasons. As this new school year begins, the IHSA hopes everyone will take the necessary precautions to ensure the safest playing environment... Read more
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NFHS Releases Revised “Fundamentals of Coaching” Course
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is continuing its commitment to coaches education with a revision to the flagship “Fundamentals of Coaching (FOC)” course through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com. The NFHS “Fundamentals of Coaching&rdq... Read more
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Study Finds HS Football Not Major Risk For Future Cognitive Issues
The story below was originally published in USA Today: A new study that examined men who were high school football players in Wisconsin in the late 1950s has determined that “cognitive and depression outcomes later in life were found to be similar for high school football players and their ... Read more
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NFHS Cross Country/Track & Field Rule Changes For 2017-18
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 30, 2017) — All uniforms worn in high school track and field/cross country must be either issued or approved by the school. The uniform revision in Rule 4-3-1 was one of the four revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) T... Read more
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NFHS Softball Rule Changes For 2017-18
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 30, 2017) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee approved an addition to Rule 2 about intentional walks and three additions to Rule 3 regarding uniforms and equipment at its June 12-14 meeting in Indianapolis. All reco... Read more
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NFHS Baseball Rule Changes For 2017-18
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 30, 2017) — Effective January 1, 2019, all balls used in high school baseball competition shall meet the NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) standard at the time of manufacture. This revision in Rule 1-3-1 was one of the four change... Read more
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Dr. Michael Koester Addresses NFHS Sports Medicine Issues
Dr. Michael Koester is currently serving his second term as the Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Dr. Koester talked with John Gillis from the NFHS about some of the issues the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee is currently working on for high school athletes: Read more
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NFHS Basketball Rule Changes For 2017-18
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 15, 2017) — Effective with the 2017-18 high school basketball season, play will be stopped and an official warning will be given to the head coach – and recorded in the scorebook – for misconduct by the coach or other bench personnel unless the offense is judg... Read more
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NFHS's Bob Gardner Addresses Sports Specialization in USA Today
NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner recently penned an oped on the potential harms of sports specialization that was published by USA Today: More student-athletes are gaining the benefits, fun and rewards of high school sports than ever before. Studies support the notion that athletics advance th... Read more
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NFHS 2017-18 Swimming & Diving Rule Changes
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 19, 2017) — Among the changes to high school swimming and diving rules for 2017-18 are ones that address risk minimization and requirements for use of the championship meet format. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Ru... Read more
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The Football Decision by Dr. Uzma Samadani
Dr. Uzma Samadani is a neurosurgeon at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Samadani, who completed Medical School at the University of Chicago, recently spoke at the 2016 Minnesota Football Coaches Association conference, where she addressed some of the misinformation th... Read more
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NATA Safe School Sports Program
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) continues to offer its Safe Sports School Award program to recognize high schools around the country who take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, athletic programs must do the... Read more
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Safety Key Focus of NFHS Spirit Rules Changes
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee revised several rules for the 2017-18 season, including adjustments to release transitions and inversions, in an ongoing effort to minimize risk of injury for participants in high school cheer and dance. All ru... Read more
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Meet The ATC Who Oversees Athletes At IHSA March Madness
A pair of media outlets at the 2017 IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals, America’s Original March Madness, took the time to speak with Greg Gaa, manager of sports outreach with OSF Orthopedics, who oversees the medical coverage for student-athletes competing in Peoria. Click here for Peoria J... Read more
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ESPN Report: College Coaches Want QBs Who Play Multiple Sports
Story below by Tom VanHaaren from ESPN.com, originally published on August 14, 2015: Jacob Eason is the No. 3-ranked pocket-passer in the country and a Georgia commit, but if you're looking to catch a glimpse of him on Signing Day, your TV might not be the best place. You might want to head out t... Read more
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2017 Football Rule Changes Focus On Risk Minimization
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 22, 2017) — New rules on blindside blocking are the most recent steps taken by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee in minimizing the risks associated with the sport. The establishment of a new definition of a b... Read more
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Mayo Clinic: Neurodegenerative Risk Not Greater For Football In 1956-70 Study
A Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that varsity football players from 1956 to 1970 did not have an increased risk of degenerative brain diseases, compared with athletes in other varsity sports. The researchers reviewed all the yearbooks and documented team rosters for May... Read more
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Study Shows Higher Injury Rate For Specialized HS Athletes
A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and funded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Foundation revealed that high school athletes who specialize in a single sport sustain lower-extremity injuries at significantly higher... Read more
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PLAY 2: Athletic Directors Encouraging Multi-Sport Participation
As evidence continues to mount that sport specialization can be detrimental to the overall development of high school athletes, several IHSA schools are actively trying to promote multi-sport participation. “I have always held the belief that playing multiple sports is important for an athl... Read more
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Team Up, Speak Up To Fight Concussions
The Concussion Legacy Foundation has created the first ever national concussion education day, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13. On Team Up Day, millions of athletes will hear a speech from their coach, captain and medical team that encourages them to Team Up & Speak Up to Fight Concussions, with... Read more
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NATA and Gatorade Team To Honor Top High School Athletic Trainers
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and Gatorade have announced that as a part of their ongoing partnership, the two group’s will once again honor top high school athletic trainers around the country. The Gatorade Secondary School AT Award recognizes a certified athletic train... Read more
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IHSA Proposes New Safety Pitching Rules
The IHSA Baseball Advisory Committee met for its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. The committee’s meeting included a recommendation on pitching limitations. IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee member Dr. Preston Wolin was a guest of... Read more
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NFHS Offers New Concussion Course For Students
In July, 2016, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced its newest educational course as a part of its NFHS Learn series: Concussion For Students. Concussion for Students, developed in Partnership with the Barrow Neurological Institute, has been designed specific... Read more
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New Track & Field and Cross Country Rules For Assisting Injured Competitor
Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not available. The NFHS Board of Directors recently approved all rules changes recommended by the National Federat... Read more
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NFHS Imposes National Baseball Pitch Restrictions
High school baseball rules now will require a pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown in a game. The impact will be minimal in Illinois, where the IHSA had already started its process to impose a limit. “The NFHS continues to show great leadership for its member asso... Read more
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IHSA Introduces New Heat Safety Policy For State Series Events
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors voted to enact new heat safety guidelines for all IHSA postseason contests beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The new comprehensive policy, which can be viewed by clicking here, was approved at the Board of Directors meeting on Mond... Read more
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Extreme Heat Alters Baseball/Softball State Final Schedules
Release below updated at 10:00 AM on June 10, 2016:With temperatures expected to reach or exceed 100 degrees this weekend, Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Executive Director Craig Anderson announced schedule changes to the IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Baseball and Softball State Finals for Fri... Read more
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NFHS Offers New Tennis Coaching Course
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 23, 2016) — In partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has launched the “Coaching Tennis” online course through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com. The course p... Read more
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Potentially Dangerous Wrestling Hold Identified
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 18, 2016) — At its April 6-8 meeting in Indianapolis, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee added another maneuver to the list of potentially dangerous holds in high school wrestling. The new potentially dangerous hol... Read more
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NY Times Highlights Specialization Trend In HS Sports
Click here to read the New York Times story: "The Age of Single-Sport Athletes Endures Despite Detractors’ Suspicions" which was originally published on April 30, 2016. Read more
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March is National Athletic Training Month
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA), in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the IHSA’s Play Smart. Play Hard. sports safety education initiative, are proud to celebrate National Athletic Training Month throughout the month of the March. In March, t... Read more
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NFHS Introduces "Pitch Smart” Course
The “Introduction to Pitch Smart” online course produced by USA Baseball has been added to the available courses through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.   “Pitch Smart” is a joint arm-care initiative between USA Baseball and Major League Baseball aimed at ... Read more
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Future of HS Football by Marty Hickman
Marty Hickman joined the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) staff in 1991 and became the organization's sixth Executive Director in 2002. After 25 years at the IHSA, he will retire on January, 15, 2016. In the fall of 1972, I started my high school athletic career on a football field at New... Read more
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Illinois Football Teams Unite With PSPH Decals
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced today that varsity high school football teams throughout the state will wear Play Smart. Play Hard. helmet decals (shown above) throughout the season in a show of solidarity amongst coaches and players. “Communities throughout Illinois ral... Read more
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NFHS Concussion Course Surpasses Two Million Mark
Two million concussion courses have now been taken by coaches and other individuals since the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the online course in May 2010. The course – “Concussion in Sports... Read more
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Anyone Can Save A Life
To address a potentially dangerous gap in medical- response planning for after-school practices and events, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced recently at its 2015 Annual Summer Meeting in New Orleans that it is encouraging every high school in the country tha... Read more
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Illinois To Be 40th State To Host Practice Like Pros Football Clinic
Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and Dartmouth Head Coach Buddy Teevens headline a Practice Like Pros football clinic, presented by Safe Kids Worldwide and Children’s MOTRIN®, that will demonstrate progressive practice techniques to Illinois high school football coaches, 11:00 a.m. to... Read more
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NATA Announces Hall of Fame Class
DALLAS, June 17, 2015 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a nonprofit organization representing and supporting members of the athletic training profession, will induct eight individuals into its prestigious Hall of Fame at the NATA 66th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in St. Lou... Read more
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NFHS 'Sudden Cardiac Arrest" Course
Press release courtesy of the NFHS: The National Federation of State High School Associations has added a new course to its selection of online education courses available through the NFHS Learning Center at www.nfhslearn.com. “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” was developed in conjunction with S... Read more
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Batavia's Dennis Piron Talks Student-Athlete Safety
Dennis Piron, a teacher and coach at Batavia High School, who is also an inaugural member of the Illinois Advisory Council on Player Safety recently talked about a variety of topics related to the Play Smart. Play Hard. campaign for a story on the school website. Piron talks high school football, pr... Read more
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Welcome To Play Smart. Play Hard.
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Play Smart. Play Hard., the Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) campaign focused on furthering our commitment to enhancing the safety of student-athletes in Illinois – and across the nation. Over 100 years ago, the IHSA was founded upon... Read more
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Play Smart. Play Hard. Campaign to Enhance Student-Athlete Safety
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced  on May 12, 2015 the launch of the Play Smart. Play Hard. campaign focused on furthering the IHSA’s commitment to enhancing the safety of Illinois’ student-athletes and collaborating with others who share that mission. The campai... Read more
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Play Smart. Play Hard. Press Conference
The Illinois High School Association kicked off the Play Smart. Play Hard. student safety education campaign on Monday, May 11, 2015 with a student media press event. School media from Boylan High School, Meridian High School (Macon), Morton High School, Sycamore High School and Urbana High School w... Read more